Who is involved, remaining fixtures, key clashes, predicted finishes for bottom seven, including Newcastle, Leeds and Everton April 7, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
We are into April, which means we’ve reached the run-in for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
At the end of the year, three teams will be relegated from the Premier League and the fight to survive is well and truly on.
There are seven sides locked in a relegation battle, with some massive games coming up.
Most teams have eight games remaining this season but due to Covid and other issues, several teams have more or less matches to play, which could cause heartbreak for some.
Here, talkSPORT looks at how the Premier League relegation picture is shaping up as we enter the final weeks of the campaign.
Brentford – 14th
Brentford have not been in the relegation zone all season, which is impressive and shows the Bees have been comfortable in the top-flight.
Thomas Frank’s side started the season with a 2-0 win over Arsenal, and by the end of October, they were ninth.
An awful run of seven defeats in eight looked to have put Brentford in trouble, but the Bees then beat Norwich and Burnley in back-to-back games before thrashing Chelsea 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
They were huge results and the west Londoners are 11 points clear of the drop zone with seven games left to play.
Brentford must still play Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham while face three relegation rivals in Watford, Everton and Leeds.
You would think that they have done enough to secure top-flight football no matter what happens.
Predicted finish – 16th
Brentford’s remaining fixtures
West Ham – H – 10 April
Watford – A – 16 April
Tottenham – H – 23 April
Manchester United – A – 2 May
Southampton – H – 7 May
Everton – A – 15 May
Leeds – H – 22 May
Newcastle United – 15th
Newcastle looked doomed after 19 games – they were 19th and had only won once.
But the combination of five new players and Eddie Howe’s work on the training field sparked a superb run that saw the Toon go unbeaten for nearly two months.
During that run, they lost Kieran Trippier and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury but kept grinding out results, and after a 2-1 win over Southampton, Newcastle were on 31 points.
But they lost their last two before the international break and were hammered 5-1 by Tottenham on Sunday.
They are still probably safe but need a couple more wins from their remaining eight games to make sure
The Toon do still have Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City to play but they have easier home games against Wolves, Leicester and Crystal Palace.
However, if they don’t pick up points from those games, the Toon travel to Carrow Road and Turf Moor. They are the ties the Magpies must take points from.
Predicted finish – 14th
Newcastle United’s remaining fixtures
Wolves – H – 8 April
Leicester – H – 17 April
Crystal Palace – H – 20 April
Norwich – A – 23 April
Liverpool – H – 30 April
Manchester City – A – 7 May
Arsenal – H – 15 May
Burnley – A – 22 May
Leeds United – 16th
Leeds have conceded the most goals in the Premier League (68), even more than Norwich, and because of that, relegation is still a real threat.
This year has been a struggle for Leeds and they have been in a relegation dog-fight all season.
Injuries to key players have exposed their squad and, after heavy defeats to the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham, Marcelo Bielsa was sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch.
The American made a poor start but the Whites are unbeaten in three and are eight points clear of the drop zone with seven games to go.
Leeds still have to play Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, while they face Watford soon and travel to Brentford on the last day of the season.
The Whites also take on Brighton, with the Seagulls in poor form at the moment.
Ultimately, those last two wins for Leeds over Norwich and Wolves should be enough to keep them up.
Predicted Finish – 15th
Leeds United’s remaining fixtures
Watford – A – 9 April
Chelsea – H – 17 April
Crystal Palace – A – 23 April
Manchester City – H – 30 April
Arsenal – A – 7 May
Brighton – H – 15 May
Brentford – A – 22 May
Everton – 17th
Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League but there is a danger of that happening this season.
Poor decisions have hit the Toffees hard and they are now relying on Frank Lampard to save them.
Everton replaced Carlo Ancelotti with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, and despite a good start, it was never going to end well, and the Spaniard was dismissed in January.
Lampard has arrived in his place and has won two league games, but back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Burnley have plunged the Toffees into even greater trouble.
They still have to face Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal while facing relegation clashes against Watford and Brentford.
Oddly, they must still play Leicester twice. So, while they have games in hand, many of their remaining fixtures look really tough.
Predicted finish – 18th
Everton’s remaining fixtures
Mannchester United – H – 9 April
Crystal Palace – H – 16 April
Leicester – H – 20 April
Liverpool – A – 24 April
Chelsea – H – 1 May
Leicester – A – 7 May
Brentford – H – 15 May
Arsenal – A – 22 May
Watford – A – TBA
Watford – 18th
Watford are onto their third manager of the season and they hope Roy Hodgson can keep them in the Premier League.
The Hornets started well with Emmanuel Dennis impressing, but things turned sour, and Xisco Munoz was sacked and replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian managed just one league win against Man United and was dismissed after a 3-0 defeat to Norwich.
Hodgson has sorted out the defence and Watford have managed two wins since he arrived, but they are still in trouble and are three points adrift of Everton.
The Hornets still have eight games to play and face Man City and Chelsea.
But the big matches are Everton, Leeds, Brentford and Burnley. They will be the ties that decide Watford’s fate.
Hodgson knows how to keep teams up and he might just do it again this year.
Predicted finish – 17th
Watford’s remaining fixtures
Leeds – H – 9 April
Brentford – H – 16 April
Manchester City – A – 23 April
Burnley – H – 30 April
Crystal Palace – A – 7 May
Leicester – H – 15 May
Chelsea – A – 22 May
Everton – H – TBA
Burnley – 19th
Burnley have been in the Premier League for six seasons but it seems a year too far for Sean Dyche’s men.
The Clarets have won only three games and have scored just 22 goals, which explains why they are in trouble.
They have conceded 40 goals, which is better than most teams in the bottom half, but they will have to more than double their current win tally to stay up.
The Clarets have lost their last four of their last league games without scoring a goal and still have to play the likes of Tottenham and West Ham.
But they beat Everton and face Norwich, Watford and Newcastle in their final nine games, so they need to win all of those to have any chance of staying up.
Predicted finish – 19th
Burnley’s remaining fixtures
Norwich – A- 10 April
West Ham – A – 17 April
Southampton – H – 21 April
Wolves – H – 24 April
Watford – A – 30 April
Aston Villa – H – 7 May
Tottenham – A – 15 May
Newcastle – H – 22 May
Aston Villa – A – TBA
Norwich City – 20th
Norwich have been in the relegation zone the whole season, and with so little time remaining, it is hard to see how they could survive.
The Canaries have managed four wins but have lost 20 of their 30 games and have conceded 63 goals. They have lost six of their last seven and are seven point adrift of safety.
It seems almost certain that they will go down and they will need five or even six victories if they are to stay up.
Smith’s side still have Man United, West Ham and Tottenham to face, while they also play Burnley and Newcastle and several mid-table sides.
However, you can’t see them getting five wins and Norwich look doomed.
Predicted finish – 20th
Norwich City’s remaining fixtures
Burnley – H – 10 April
Manchester United – A – 16 April
Newcastle – H – 23 April
Aston Villa – A – 30 April
West Ham – H – 7 May
Wolves – A – 15 May
Tottenham – H – 22 May
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